The Nike Mercurial vapor is Engineered for uncompromising explosive speed in every direction, the Mercurial Vapor IX has a new composite chassis, textured body and a more contoured fit for the ultimate traction and control in any condition. Can you handle the speed? A soft, micro-textured Tejin upper molds to the foot for high-speed control. It doesn't matter if you can go fast if you can't control the ball. The textured dot pattern on the Vapor IX's upper increases the friction between cleat and ball, resulting an enhanced touch without sacrificing the second-skin fit.In addition to enhancing ball control, the debossed microgrooves also reduce air resistance.